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A party is any person or entity named as a plaintiff, defendant, cross-complainant, or cross-defendant in a lawsuit.

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In a civil action, the party bringing suit and seeking damages from the defendant.

A defendant is the party against whom a civil or criminal lawsuit has been brought.

A cross-complainant is the "plaintiff" named in the cross-complaint.

A cross-defendant is the party named as a defendant in the cross-complaint.

A codefendant is when there is more than one defendant being sued in the same litigation or more...